BJC 12, Durham, 1999

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BJC # 12 8-11.4.1999


DURHAM. The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Durham, DH1 3SE.


Main organiser: Mini Mansell and Nicole Taylor.

with the assistance of all the Durham City Jugglers.



Previous official website url[edit]


Pre-registration prices:

Adult pass £36.50, Child pass (10-16) £20, Family pass (2 Adult, 2 Children) £100.
Pre-registration saved £5 (or more) on the full ticket price.
Rooms £63 (Bed and breakfast), Convention T-Shirt £8.



This is a picture of the front of the T shirt.


BJC 1999 Pass

Pink Yo-yo which was sponsored by Vipa juggling equipment.

Public Show[edit]

Held in Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Stage managed by Sarah Miller.

Rod Laver

Greg Kennedy (bounce juggling);
The Gandinis (2 acts);
Bruce Wilson; (rings)
Toby Walker (club juggling);
Tim Foolery (devilstick);
Jason Maverick;
Ben Jennings;
Cécile Poncet.

Other shows[edit]

On Friday night there was a BTEC Student Showcase, a collaboration between Circus Space and Circomedia, put together by Rod Laver. One of the acts from that showcase was so outstanding they was asked to perform in the Public Show.

Later on Friday night was a fire show show choreographed by Jim and Anna of Cosmos Jugglers.

Fire Show poster


These were called the Juggling Olympics and were organised by the Chocfest Squad from York.


Coordinator: Ewano

Review, video and photo links[edit]

Review by G S Sinclair
Review by Rob Lister
Review of public show (that he missed) by Michael Ferguson
PAssed imPErfect's photographs (last link in lefthand menu)

Notes and other details[edit]


NoFit State Circus provided the Renegade Tent. The Wildcats of Killkenny played in the Bar on the Saturday night.

The 40 minute journey to the show in Middlesbrough with a convoy of double decker buses full of jugglers was a memorable part of the convention for many.

Some locals put on their own fire show on the riverbank opposite the convention site [1].

The (non-camping) accommodation was at the Houghall Agricultural College across the road from the sports centre.

Alan Plotkin was unable to film BJC99 so Ken the Juggler volunteered to produce a video [2].

Marquees courtesy of Jeff Dobson.

BJC 1999 Confirmation Letter
BJC Durham 1999 Flyer/Pre-reg Form
Promotional Beer mat used to advertise Durham BJC

Budget and other costs[edit]

Previous convention costs

Total expenditure was £37,000

BJC 12 made a surplus (profit) of £3,600 after all expenses.
BJC 12 paid its two directors £150 each (it actually bought them a new sleeping bag and thermarest each).
BJC 12 made loans to future BJCs of £1000 which is still being passed forward.
BJC 12 paid to repair damage to a floor after the Durham juggling convention 2009.
BJC 12 helped fund two performers for the public show for Derby BJC.
There was a consultation on how to use the surplus in 2002. [3]